On today’s episode, get ready to fix your slouched shoulders while burning an extra 200 calories a day.
Have you ever heard of the dreaded, desk jockey slouch?
This is a common issue with people who sit at a desk all day.
The symptoms: caved in, forward rolled shoulders.
But be warned…
Sure slouching is terrible for your body and mobility, but what’s even scarier is research shows…
People who sit at a desk for more than 6 hours a day are at higher risk for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
This is because when you sit too long, your blood sugar and insulin tend to be all over the place.
Even if you do thoracic rotations exercise, and you’re getting in your regular workouts, it does not negate these serious issues caused by sitting at a desk all day, or in the car, or on the couch all night.
The only way to truly eliminate these issues is to…
Now you’re probably saying, “…but Brad I work in front of a computer all day at the office.”
Well, before I started my entrepreneurial business, I also worked in the corporate world and sat at a desk all day.
Fortunately, I joined my company’s health and wellness committee and learned how serious this issue is.
…in the health and wellness of their employees, to reduce sick time, to lower health insurance, and increase worker productivity.
One of the ways they’re doing this is investing in stand up desks for their employees.
In fact, I just got my stand up desk for my office because even as active as I am, I was still feeling the effects of sitting too long while working on my computer.
So I recommend you talk to your employer about getting a stand up desk.
You may be surprised when they agree to it.
Getting a stand up adjustable desk like I have allows you to work at the computer standing all day or just a portion of the day.
My desk is from a company called StandDesk. I love it because it raises and lowers electronically within seconds.
If you’re new to standing while working, I recommend you start off slow by standing for short periods, then sit, and repeat.
You’ll build up tolerance to stand longer in no time.
My hips feel more open, my butt no longer falls asleep, and I’m burning more calories throughout the day by just standing.
It has been shown that using a stand up desk versus a sitting desk can burn at least 25 more calories an hour.
Think about that, over an 8 hour office day…
That’s burning an extra 200 calories just from standing.
It’s so simple to adjust the height.
It’s just an awesome desk. 100%.
I still want you getting up after 20 minutes of desk work and just do arm circles and knee grabs.
Go for a 2 min walk to get a water or talk to an employee rather than emailing them.
Moving your body by simply walking gets oxygen to the muscles and keeps you mobile.
Now if you’re suffering from desk jockey slouch, try adding thoracic rotations to banish your slouched, caved in shoulders.
This exercise helps open up the front of your body by activating the muscles in your back…because when you sit at a desk all day, your shoulders become rolled forward.
Here’s how to perform the exercise:
1. Get down on your knees in a kneeling position with knees slightly wider than hip width.
2. Flex your feet and press your toes into the ground.
3. Now put both hands down on the ground with your arms straight and your palms directly under your shoulders.
4. Once you’re in this position, activate your core muscles to lock in your hips so they don’t rotate.
5. Your hips should remain parallel to the ground during this exercise.
6. Now place one hand behind your ear, bring that elbow to the stationary elbow, then activate the muscles in your upper back and rotate your elbow to the sky.
7. Keep your core turned on, press through the ground with the straight arm, eyes looking forward, and try to get as open with as much range of motion as possible.
8. Reverse the movement to touch elbows, then repeat.
Try 10 slow and controlled reps with one side, then switch to the other side.
So there you have it Live Lean Nation.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.